Forensic Assessment

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Service description

Dr Matthew Woo specialises in psychological assessment and treatment for accused persons, and preparation of specialist reports for Court hearings.

Dr Matthew Woo provides assessments related to personality profiling (MMPI-II, MCMI-III) and forensic evaluations

Scope of assessments

  • Intellectual functioning
  • Adaptive functioning
  • Memory functioning
  • Personality Assessment

Profile of assessments

  • Psychological Assessment
  • Treatment for accused persons
  • Specialist reports for Court hearings
  • Personality assessments
  • Forensic evaluations

Therapy for shoplifters

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SORT (Shoplifter Offenders Recovery and Treatment)

The Shoplifting Offenders Recovery and Treatment is a comprehensive treatment program that provides chronic shoplifters training in relapse prevention through methods related to the covert desensitization of impulses, adverse deconditioning of arousal and application of reminder prompts through stimulus conditioning. The programs involve three treatment phases employing a cognitive-behavioral model and spanning generally 18 months. The primary goal of the programs is to reduce the rate of re-offense and move the participants toward a more pro-social lifestyle 

Who will benefit from SORT?

SORT is a specialist programme designed to help primarily individuals who are in the process of court hearing for offences related to shoplifting and theft. Kleptomania is a common mental condition that results in an individual having compulsive urges to steal to relive their anxieties. 

SORT also benefits family members of individuals with such problems. The program helps family members how to better support their loved ones through the process of rehabilitation and recovery. 

Program objectives

  • To reduce the risk and potential for further offending behaviour
  • To offer a comprehensive treatment program that addresses motivation, psychosocial education, psychological evaluation, offender treatment and relapse prevention training for the population of shoplifting offenders 
  • To identify and target for change the cognitive and behavioural patterns which have resulted in offending
  • To carefully monitor and record the progress of each individual through the various phases of the program
  • To provide for a  continuum of care that reaches across all phases of the SORT and continues in the community after the court hearing

Programme Outline

Phase 1: Intake history and psychosocial assessment/evaluation of cognitive/behavioural patterns that result in the offending behaviour. Preparation of specialist reports for court hearing.

(Likely 2-3 sessions, weekly/biweekly sessions)

Phase 2: Reduction in cognitive/behavioural offence pattern as well as re-conditioning of impulses and urges (12-16 sessions, biweekly/monthly sessions)

Phase 3: Review and consolidation of relapse prevention (3-4 sessions, monthly sessions)

Treatment provider

Dr Matthew Woo (DClinPsych, Queensland) has had extensive experience with the treatment of shoplifting offenders. In 2010, he was awarded a Health Manpower Development Program fellowship award (under the auspices of the Ministry of Health, Singapore) for Sex Offender Interventions (Portland). While in the employ of the Institute of Mental Health, he has had extensive specialised experience with the treatment of shoplifting offenders, particularly for individuals who were under the Mandatory Treatment Order (MTO) as sentenced by the court.

Therapy for sex offenders

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STOP (Specialised Treatment for Offender Program)

Specialised Treatment for Offender Program (STOP) is a comprehensive treatment program that provides sex offenders training in relapse training through methods related to the covert desensitisation of impulses and adverse deconditioning of arousal. The programs involve three treatment phases employing a behavioural model and spanning generally 18 months. The primary goal of the programs is to reduce the rate of re-offense and move the participants toward a more pro-social lifestyle 

Who will benefit from STOP?

STOP is a specialist programme designed to help primarily individuals who are in the process of court hearing for offences related to sex offending. Some of the common cases for sex offending include exhibitionism, fetishism, voyeurism (e.g., up skirt voyeurism), and outrage of modesty. 

STOP also benefits family members of individuals with such problems. The programme helps family members how to better support their loved ones through the process of rehabilitation and recovery. 

Program Objectives

  • To reduce the risk and potential for further deviant behaviour
  • To offer a comprehensive treatment program that addresses motivation, psychosocial education, psychological evaluation, and sex offender treatment and relapse prevention training for the population of sex offenders 
  • To identify and target for change the cognitive and behavioural patterns which have resulted in sexual offending
  • To encourage each participant to accept responsibility for deviant offences and demonstrate empathy for the victims of the offence
  • To carefully monitor and  record the progress of each individual through the various phases of the program
  • To provide for a continuum of care that reaches across all phases of the STOP and continues in the community after the court hearing

Programme Outline

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Phase 1: Intake history and psychosocial assessment/evaluation of cognitive/behavioural patterns that result in the offending behaviour. Preparation of specialist reports for court hearing.

(Likely 2-3 sessions, weekly/biweekly sessions)

Phase 2: Reduction in cognitive/behavioural offence pattern as well as re-conditioning of deviant arousal (12-16 sessions, biweekly/monthly sessions)

Phase 3: Review and consolidation of relapse prevention (3-4 sessions, monthly sessions)

Treatment provider

Dr Matthew Woo (DClinPsych, Queensland) has had extensive experience with the treatment of sex offenders. In 2010, he was awarded a Health Manpower Development Program fellowship award (under the auspices of the Ministry of Health, Singapore) for Sex Offender Interventions (Portland). While in the employ of the Institute of Mental Health, he has had extensive specialised experience with the treatment of sexual offenders, particularly for individuals who were under the Mandatory Treatment Order (MTO) as sentenced by the court.